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If you are new to the wonderful Avaaz organization, please take a look at their site, and consider joining your voice to theirs. They are raising money for the Pakistan floods, and are close to a million dollars at this hour (9 PM PT, Saturday, Aug 28th). They need just a little more to meet their goal of raising $1Million in relief aid which will be given to local orgs on the ground (HDC and PWS).

There have been quite a few wonderful diaries posted on the Pakistan Floods crisis. I won't say "a lot of" because the cause is too great, and the attention can never be too much. I thank all those who have been writing those diaries and donating to the rescue effort from the bottom of my heart...

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Avaaz (meaning "voice") has accomplished a tremendous amount in its short history. I know Kossacks will find much in common with their goals and projects. They make it easy to help. Their projects typically involve local volunteers, but Avaaz makes it easy to act globally -- with simple  petitions, donations, focussed projects and leverage the strength of their numbers to influence world governments and organizations to make change. Unlike some other charities that I've had experience with, they do not continually bombard me with expensive paper mailings, unasked-for name-labels, and the like. Please do take a look.

In the interests of continuing to shine a light where it's needed, I ask for your attention and your support for the flood victims and infrastructure rebuilding in Pakistan.

I will embed a link to the excellent and comprehensive diary by Casual Wednesday on the effort to help Pakistan. It has an enormous amount of information in it, including links to all the previous diaries on the Flood Crisis. It will sadly scroll off list shortly, and it did not make it to the rec list.

No, Casual Wednesday's superb diary didn't, but a large number of Beck diaries did. This is not a knock on those decent diaries. But I just don't want to live in a world where Glen Beck gets any attention at the expense of drowning children, devastated families, and a tragedy whose size and suffering simply cannot be measured...

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Originally posted to rationalcauses on Sat Aug 28, 2010 at 10:11 PM PDT.

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